January 25, 2017

NHL Hockey Betting: Washington Capitals at New Jersey Devils

NHL Hockey Betting:  Washington Capitals at New Jersey Devils&h=253&w=372&zc=1

The Washington Capitals head into the All Star Break in first place in the Eastern Conference but they’ll try to get another win in the books on Thursday as they travel to take on the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center. The Capitals are 32-10-6 on the season and have only 1 regulation loss in their last 15 games. They’ll enter this game on a 8-1-1 run in their last ten games but coming off a 3-0 loss at Ottawa. They’ll begin the second half of the season against another divisional rival as they play the New York Islanders on 1/31/17. The New Jersey Devils are in a three way tie for last place in the Metropolitan Division with 49 points but have played better of late winning 4 of their last 6 and taking points in six of their last 10 games. Even though they’re not having a great season they’re just 4 points out of a wild card spot in the wide open Eastern Conference.

Neither goaltender has been confirmed at this point but both teams have their starters ‘penciled in’ for this game. That would be Braden Holtby for Washington–he’s having another Vezina Trophy worthy season. Holtby has a 23-8-4 record with a 1.96 goals against average and a 0.929 save percentage along with six shutouts. He’ll be opposed by the Devils #1 netminder Cory Schneider who is having something of an off year through this point. Schneider has a 14-15-7 record with a 2.75 goals against average and a 0.908 save percentage along with two shutouts.

The Capitals have flat out dominated New Jersey in recent head to head play. The Capitals have won 9 of the last 11 meetings with the Devils including 5 straight at New Jersey. The teams have split two games so far this season with the Devils winning 2-1 in DC on 12/29/16 and the Capitals returning the favor on 12/31/16. The Caps have been exceptional at taking care of opponents with losing records this season going 17-5 against sub .500 teams. The Devils, meanwhile, have been substandard when stepping up in class putting up a 7-15 record against opponents with winning records. Given the tightly packed, competitive nature of the Metropolitan Division and their recent form against the Devils it’s hard to pass on the Capitals here.